I’m posting a little backwards here. I still have to post up my Northeast Pennsylvania Woodsman Meet series.
I haven’t really been getting out into the woods as much as I should be. It is crucial for my survival.. let’s put it that way. So Jess and I loaded up my pack basket with some lunch and gear I’ve been wanting to get more use out of.
Spring has officially sprung. The birches aren’t producing as much sap and the leaves are starting to open up from their buds. The pale grey forest is now starting to get crowded once again. Visability will decrease and sounds won’t travel as much as they do in the winter.
One thing I really noticed was the return of the woodpeckers. We have real noisy ones on the mountain and you can hear them knocking back and fourth, almost like an echo. They are very territorial this time of year.
Seems like the bullies choose the largest most hollow trees to beat their heads against. It’s louder than a timpani drum at times.
Spring is very alien at it’s beginning stages. After spending a long time wandering winter’s abandoned looking forests. Fungus is one of the first things I see growing.
One of the nice things about these woods, is that the Appalachian Trail connects to the backyard. Or at least it used to, before the relocated it. So now this is an abandoned trail. The only ones who use it is myself and the deer and coyotes.
I don’t really like trails, as I grew up being one to stray off the beaten trail. Trail means people and I usually like to get ‘lost’ in the woods.
Lindera - Spice Bush always jumps the gun. Usually first on the scene to show off it’s little bell flowers.
Look more Lunch. Fiddleheads are another treat only around for a couple weeks if you’re lucky to stumble upon some.
Jess enjoying her little Nikon.
It’s funny how instinctively you wander back to trails. I find myself following game trails a lot of times not realizing it.
After trudging thru about a mile of brambles, or ‘prickers’ as we call them… Jess was so pleased to follow me thru the woods. For some reason they never really stick to me. I just smash through them without a care… she uses the… ‘Move slowly and plot a course method’ .. prickers are slow moving little suckers and if you give them time, they will engulf you. (I know, it’s not really true, but it sure seems that way)
Thought this reminded me of an album cover. I love skulls.
Felled one massive beech tree with my Gransfors Paul Bunyun Axe.
After the battle of pricker hill was over… we were really hungry. So we found a nice spot to park for lunch.
I finally got to break out my Sami Pouches that Jess made me for my birthday. I use one to put my kuksa in, one for coffee, and the large for foraging. I found some garlic mustard along the way and the bag was great. I reckon it’d be great for carrying water in a pinch. I bet it holds almost 2 quarts.
I also have a new addition to my treen kit. After having this little kuksa bowl sit on my shelf.. with no one interesting in purchasing it… I claimed it. I let Grae dog use it for water today.
It’s Scandinavian tradition to Christen the treen with dog slobber. Adds that nice patina…
I also brought my #1 eating spoon. It’s about 4 months old now and aging well.
Thought I’d show you multiple angles. Spoons have a lot going on in design. Many think of them as simple objects… disposable. It takes some skill and thought to shape a log into something that compliments such a sacred thing in life.. FOOD.
She was born in December.
Sunny, this pack gets so much use. Thank you for the gift. I’ve hauled over 100lbs of green birch trees in this, lunch, pipe stems for Skogkniv, you name it. Most handy object in my kit at the moment.
Thank you so much MtnfolkMike for this great gift. It was a thoughtful gift for Jess even tho I probably use it more than her 8 ) Helle makes a great pepperoni knife.
Lunch was good, but it was time to move along.
This is where the Gnomes live.
After lunch Jess was feeling tough and decided to move this branch from the trail. Must be something in the spinach…
We wandered more. An abandoned cemetery us kids used to hike to. Only a few gravestones, the rest are a bunch of rectangle trenches throughout the field.
I felt it proper to do another ‘Levitation’ photo for my ongoing series. Which can be found at: Http://www.ALEXANDERYERKS.com
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I make the kuksas, bowls, spoons, leather sami pouches photographed here. Send me a message if you’d like to take some home.